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But the girl had seen the Korala Mahatmaya in the village , and she recognised
his black face and big belly , and she told her mother how she had been charmed
to go to the cave . The mother told the Malay men , and they were very angry .
The elephant , they say ; but that I have never seen . But the buffalo : I have seen
that here on this very track — before it was cleared - - many years ago . The
buffalo is stupid , isn ' t he , little Arachchi ? Very stupid ; he does not see - he
I have seen it all so long in the jungle . But I did not understand . How many times
have I told the little ones - not understanding - about it all . Always this killing ,
killing , killing ; everything afraid : the deer and the pig and the jackal after them ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kaitanya64 - LibraryThing
Set in colonial Ceylon, this novel is vivid and readable. While the author clearly illustrates a particular culture and time, that of a rural family in the "dry" forest area, where life is ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Steve38 - LibraryThing
Dear me but this is a depressing book. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong for the main characters. Written from the point of view of impoverished, uneducated jungle dwellers in Sri Lanka by ... Read full review